The Bears Den: October 02, 2013 - Week 5 news and notes

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Bears eyeing options at punter - Michael C. Wright: The Bears made it clear Tuesday they want more production from Adam Podlesh, as they worked out six punters at Halas Hall.

Despite ugly first loss, Bears in good position - Mike Mulligan: The likes of the Giants and Falcons have seriously underachieved, and the Buccaneers are on the verge of mutiny. Those are calamitous situations. The Bears have started better than anyone anticipated.

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Game notes - Bob LeGere: Shuffling continues on D-line; successful job share for Bowman spelling TIllman; more from the game. Michael C. Wright: Cutler dispels rumors of illness.

Game grades - Adam Hoge reviews the tape to identify his best and worst performances from Bears-Lions, and wonders if DJ Williams could be receiving more snaps.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's Stock Watch. Which Bears are on the rise, and which are on the way down?

[Video] CSNChicago: Inside the Huddle - Michael Bush on the Detroit loss.

Best Of - Cacti's Best In Threads Week 4: Bad Jay, no pudding for you!

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Game preview - Steve Silverman looks at how the teams match up.

Kromer downplaying reunion with Saints - Brad Biggs: Coordinator's work with line has been key to offense's strong start.

View from the enemy - Mike Triplett: Every week, Sean Payton likes to come up with a point of emphasis that he drills into his team. It’s not hard to guess what his message will be this week as the Saints travel to face the Bears: Protect the ball.

Joniak's Journal - Bears can't miss tackles against Saints; Jeffery's development; Defense lacking in three-and-outs; Brees' numbers at Soldier Field.

[Video] Game preview - Lance Briggs' keys to a victory over the Saints.

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Roster news - Michael C. Wright: Bears sign safety Sean Cattouse to the practice squad on Tuesday, and terminate the practice squad contract of Harvey Unga.

Bears could be in good position headed into bye week - Kip Lewis: If the offense cuts down turnovers and the defense can start to hold opposing offenses in check, the team will be in good position.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears rebound against New Orleans? Good luck.

Player profile - Melissa Isaacson: D.J. Williams appreciates the Bears giving him a fresh start after his final two years in Denver, and then keeping their faith in him despite a calf injury that kept him out all of training camp.

Lunch with Larry - The Bears' Senior writer takes questions from fans.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Trestman still pleasant to deal with despite defeat; Brees at Soldier; fixing Cutler; Podlesh under pressure.

Reader mailbag - Adam Hoge tackles reader questions, including one from ECD on the Saints' pass protection.

[Audio] - Kyle Long joined Carmen & Jurko to discuss his play in the loss to the Lions, what to expect from the Saints and more.

[Audio] - Matt Forte discusses his team's reaction to its first loss of the season, Marc Trestman's impact on Jay Cutler, his role in Chicago's offense and more.

Forte looking for expanded role in Bears' passing attack - Dan Wiederer: Matt Forte hopes to continue a solid season in Week 5 and also wants more opportunity to run routes in the passing game.

Trestman offense at the quarter-pole: Bears post key gains over ‘12 - Moon Mullin: Based on some of the key measuring points, the 2013 Bears offense has improved in virtually every category.

Bears 'D' reeling at the quarter-pole - Moon Mullin: Making the kinds of mistakes that bad defenses make, ones rarely associated with recent Bears defenses.

NFL grades at 2013 season's quarter mark - Jim Corbett puts the Bears on a par with the Lions, atop the NFC North.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli on what's happening in Tampa Bay, plus more from around the NFL.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Steelers 27, Vikings 34. Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ...PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings at home in London, and with Matt Cassel. Sunday was the first time they could legitimately talk about their QB play as something other than a liability. [Video] Tom Waddle breaks down the win.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ... A look inside Reggie Bush's TD run.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Beating Chicago a big deal for Detroit; Bill Ford Jr. "joking" about Bears a 'bunch of thugs'.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Chris Burke and Doug Farrar with their 15 most disappointing players to date, includes two Packers.

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